Reconciliation News December 2014

This issue of Reconciliation News celebrates the 10 year partnership of the Indigenous Governance Awards with BHP Billiton, and highlights a leading Central Australian women’s group and an up-and-coming theatre troupe who received top honours this year.

In this edition, you’ll read about:

  • Professor Mick Dodson AM, Chair of the Indigenous Governance, who shares his reflections of his time on the road and the importance of strong Indigenous governance
  • Stories from past winners and finalists like the Traditional Credit Union, who are doing excellent work in Arnhem Land
  • Jason Eades, former CEO of The Koorie Heritage Trust, who shares his thoughts on good governance being a journey, not a destination, and the importance of governance to achieving the outcomes we need in our communities.


Cover of Reconciliation News Magazine December 2014.

Reconciliation News, December 2014

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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